Great birthday party location ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Birthday Party Location Ideas for Central Vancouver Island

 

My daughter’s birthday is early September, so I can typically rely on the weather being nice enough to host a backyard party. My son’s birthday, however, is at the end of April. Due to his being smack-dab in the middle of Spring, there is a really good chance it will be raining. This is why I am forever on the look-out for great birthday party locations in the Central Vancouver Island area.

We have hosted our fair share of away-from-home birthday parties over the years, as well as attended many more. I am here to share with you the best of the bunch.

Birthday Party Location Ideas for Central Vancouver Island

Bowling - great birthday party ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Bowling Party

We have been to quite a few bowling parties and always have a great time. There are three mid-island locations to choose from.

Brechin Lanes

Location: 1870 E Wellington Rd, Nanaimo.

There is a reason Brechin Lanes was voted “Best Place for a Birthday Party” in the Nanaimo News Bulletin’s 2014 Best of the City. This 5-pin bowling alley throws a great, fuss-free party!

They offer three different party packages to choose from:

Please note: all of the package prices are based on 10 children attending the party. Further charges apply for additional guests.

  • Bowling Bash – $139
  • Super Bowling Bash – $169
  • Ultimate Bowling Bash – $179

All of the packages include:

  • 1 hour of bowling
  • 1 hour of party time
  • Party host
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Invitations and thank you cards
  • Tableware
  • Balloon bouquet
  • T-shirt for birthday child
  • Free game pass for each child (for their next visit)
  • Ability to bring your own snacks – only certain snacks are permitted (fruit, veggies, chips & cake)

The difference in pricing is related to Brechin Lanes supplying food for your guests (hot dogs and fries or pizza), as well as a private party room (for the most expensive package).

Splitsville

Location: 171 Calder Rd, Nanaimo.

Splitsville is a 10-pin bowling alley. You might think your little ones won’t be able to handle the large balls used for 10-pin bowling, however, you will be happy to know that you have the choice of light balls, bumpers to keep the ball on the lanes, and ramps for little ones who can’t quite throw the ball themselves.

Splitsville also offers three different party packages to choose from.

  • Merryville Package – $10.99 per guest
    • 1.5 hours of Cosmic bowling (shoes included)
    • 1 pitcher of pop per lane
    • 1 party pin for the birthday child
    • Free bowling game pass for the next visit
  • Funville Package – $15.99 per guest
    • 1.5 hours of Cosmic bowling (shoes included)
    • 1 large pizza per lane (cheese or pepperoni)
    • 1 platter of fries and 1 pitcher of pop per lane
    • 1 party pin for the birthday child
    • Free bowling game pass for the next visit
  • Blastville Package – $19.99 per guest
    • 1.5 hours of Cosmic bowling (shoes included)
    • $5 game card (to be used in the arcade)
    • One glow stick per child
    • 1 large pizza per lane (cheese or pepperoni)
    • 1 platter of fries and 1 pitcher of pop per lane
    • 1 party pin for the birthday child
    • Free bowling game pass for the next visit

For those partygoers who still have ants in their pants after an hour-and-a-half of bowling, Splitsville has an impressive arcade room.

Check the website for the additional party options that are available for an extra charge.

You might also be happy to know that you have the ability to book the birthday party online…which is great for those of us who tend to think of these things at 11:00 pm!

 

Sunset Lanes 

Location: 678 Island Hwy E., Parksville.

Sunset Lanes is a bit smaller than the other bowling alleys mentioned but is equally as fun. Their birthday party packages are a-la-carte, which makes it easy for you to customize the party to suit your needs.

Pricing is based on a maximum of 6 people per lane and includes shoes and taxes.

  • Regular bowling – $40 per lane/per hour
  • Cosmic bowling – $43 per lane/per hour

Food Options

  • 12″ Pizza – $17.50 each
  • Hot Dogs – $2.25 each
  • Pop or Juice – $1.50 each

You are able to bring in a birthday cake, but no other outside food or beverages are allowed. They will provide plates, napkins, and forks.

The time allotted for food and presents after bowling has completed is 45 minutes.

 


Gymnastics - great birthday party ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Gymnastics Party

Flipside Gymnastics

We have been to several gymnastics birthday parties over the years, and have hosted one ourselves. All of them have been with Flipside Gymnastics at either their Parksville or Nanaimo location. The kids are always eager to go to one of these parties, and each year it is typically a request to have their own birthday party held there too.

A Flipside party costs $120, and includes the following:

  • 10 kids (including the birthday child)
  • Exclusive use of the entire gym
  • 2 certified instructors
  • Free Flipside t-shirt for the birthday child
  • Birthday invitations
  • Table cover and napkins

If you have more than the allotted guests, add on an extra $10 per additional child.

Parties can only be booked on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. They are structured for 1 hour of gym time followed by 45 minutes in the party room.

You are allowed to bring in any outside food and/or beverages as you wish!

Please note: they don’t allow you a lot of set-up time prior to the party starting (10 minutes at the most). So unless you are willing to do it while the kids are enjoying their one hour of gym time, I suggest nothing too elaborate.

The Nanaimo Flipside location can be found at 1911 Wilfert Road.

Flipside Parksville is located at #5 – 1137 Smithers Road.

 


 

Great birthday party ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Art Party

Paint splatter parties at 4 Cats Nanaimo are so much fun! Who wouldn’t love a chance to throw paint around?

Your child will get extremely messy, so no fancy party attire allowed. And please make sure each guest knows ahead of time to wear old clothes and shoes!

The cost of hosting a Paint Splatter party at 4 Cats is $189.

Party details:

  • Party cost includes 10 guests (including the birthday child)
    • extra guest is $15 per child
    • if the party is over 12 guests, an extra instructor is required at a $35 fee
  • 1 hour of studio time, plus 45 minutes of party time
  • Each guest works on their very own (small) splatter keepsake, as well as a group painting that the birthday child keeps
  • The party is suitable for ages 3 – 16, with instructions, scaled accordingly
  • You are allowed to bring in food and beverages of your choice
  • Please note: you are in charge of bringing in your own plates, napkins, cutlery, table cloths, etc.

If splatter painting doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, you might be happy to know that 4 Cats offers many different Art Parties. We have only ever attended a splatter paint party, so have no reference point for the other options.

The 4 Cats Nanaimo location can be found at 7217 Lantzville Rd, Lantzville.

 


Great birthday party ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Climbing Party

Do you have a child who loves to climb? Then the Romper Room might be a good fit!

The Romper Room has been Vancouver Island’s premier indoor rock climbing destination since 1996. It is a safe and fun experience for everyone!

Their “Vertical Party Package” is $100 and set up for 5 kids (there is an extra charge of $15 per additional climber if your party is larger than that).

Party Package details:

  • 2 hours of climbing
  • A staff member to do all the rope work for you and guide your process
  • 1 hour in the party room
  • Invitations (upon request)
  • Ability to bring in outside food and beverages of your choice
    • There is an onsite fridge and freezer to keep your food fresh
  • Birthday parties get 10% off at Chico’s Pizza (if that is an easier option for you)

The Romper Room Indoor Climbing Centre is located at 4385-B Boban Dr., Nanaimo.

 


Great birthday party ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Open Gym Party

I am sure there are a few different facilities that offer open gym time for a birthday party, but we have only ever been to Oliver Woods…and it’s fantastic!

When renting the gym and a room for your party from Oliver Woods Community Centre you need to contact the City of Nanaimo (250-756-5200). You can also go into Oliver Woods and book in person.

The cost to rent the gym is $43.76 per hour (plus tax). A room rental to host the rest of your party is $58.35 (plus tax). You get the room for 4 hours, so you would schedule your one hour of gym time during that four-hour period.

Not all of the rooms available for rent at Oliver Woods have kitchen facilities, so if having a fridge and/or stove is necessary for your party, make sure they know this when booking.

As you have the party room for quite a long time, I have seen parents set up craft stations to keep the kids occupied while waiting for the gym, or after gym time is over.

The gym is equipped with plenty of open-ended activities for the kids to enjoy. Set out the equipment and let them run and play at will!

If you prefer a bit more of a plan…set up a floor hockey area, or maybe split the kids into two groups and have a basketball tournament. Play dodgeball, tag, or maybe even some classics like “What time is it Mr Wolf” or “Go, Go, Stop”.

The possibilities are truly endless!

Oliver Woods is located at 6000 Oliver Road, Nanaimo.

 


Great birthday party ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Swimming Party

No matter what time of year, pool parties are always fun!

The Ravensong Aquatic Centre in Qualicum Beach is a great place to host a birthday party.

They offer three different party packages.

Package #1 is $97.84 (plus tax) and includes:

  • Swim admission for up to 10 kids (extra guests are $3.01 per child)
  • One hour of birthday fun in the pool with a party leader

Package #2 is $164.59 (plus tax) and includes:

  • Swim admission for up to 10 kids (extra guests are $4.01 per child)
  • One hour of birthday fun in the pool with a party leader
  • Pizza and juice in the lobby afterwards (for 1/2 hour)
  • Set up and clean up

Package #3 is $128.69 per hour (plus tax) and includes:

  • the rental of all three pools
  • up to 79 adults and children

All three packages are only available on Saturday and Sundays, with the third package only being offered from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

Ravensong also offers a few extra party options:

  • Snow cone machine – $21
  • Pool toys – $40.49

Special notes:

  • All children 7 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult in the pool at all times. There is also a maximum of three children per adult.
  • Parties must be booked a minimum of 14 days in advance.

To book a birthday party at Ravensong Aquatic Centre please call the RDN at 250-248-3252.

The Ravensong Aquatic Centre is located at 737 Jones St, Qualicum Beach.

 


Great birthday party ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Skating Party

The RDN also offers great skating parties at Oceanside Place.

Package #1 – $115 (plus tax)

  • 1.75 hours long
  • Available during the Everyone Welcome sessions (Saturday or Sundays 2:00 – 3:45 pm)
  • Up to 12 kids
  • Party leader (for on ice supervision)
  • Private party room

Package #2 – $125 (plus tax)

  • 1.75 hours long
    • Private skating party on the Pond for 45 minutes (with a party leader who will provide skating activities)
    • Followed by 45 minutes in a private party room
  • Only available Saturdays or Sundays from 3:45 – 5:30 pm
  • Up to 12 kids

Both packages include:

  • skate rentals
  • admission
  • cutlery
  • plates
  • napkins
  • table-cloth
  • cake knife
  • set up and clean up

The private party room has a sink, refrigerator, freezer, tables, and enough chairs for 12 guests.

To book a party at Oceanside Arena please phone the RDN at 250-248-3252.

Oceanside Place is located at 830 Island Hwy W, Parksville.

 


 

Great birthday party ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Movie and Popcorn Party

Heading to the movie theatre is a fun way to celebrate your child’s next birthday!

The Galaxy Cinema (Cineplex) in Nanaimo offers a great party package.

For $13 per child (plus tax) the package includes the following:

  • Your choice of movie selection
  • Kid’s tray combo for each child (kid’s sized popcorn, drink and treat)
  • Popcorn Party host (the host will meet your group upon arrival at the theatre, take you to your seats, and provide each party child with their snacks)
  • Reserved theatre seating (so you can all sit together)
  • Gift for the birthday child (free admission for the birthday child’s next visit to Galaxy Cinema)

Please note:

  • A minimum of 8 children is required to book a party
  • Parties are limited to children 13 years or under
  • Minimum one parent or legal guardian must accompany children throughout the duration of the Popcorn party and film.
  • The party package does not include the accompanying Adult/Party Chaperone’s regular movie admission and food costs.
  • Outside food and beverages are not permitted
  • An additional $3.00 admission fee will be charged per child for 3D films, if available as your movie choice.

Galaxy Cinema is located at the Nanaimo North Town Centre, 4750 Rutherford Road.

 


 

Great birthday party ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

Pizza Party

The Build a Pizza Party at Boston Pizza in Nanaimo, is one of my personal favourites.

During the 1.5 hour party, the kids get to make and cook their own pizza, wear a chef’s uniform, tour the kitchen and learn about the workings of the restaurant.

Included in the $150 charge for the party:

  • Up to 10 kids ($13.00 per additional party guest)
  • Pop or juice for each child
  • A certificate for each child worth $5.00 off their next visit to Boston Pizza
  • Ability to bring in your own cake

Please note: a 15% gratuity will be included on your bill. Any food or drink order (other than what’s stated above) is subject to additional charges.

The Build a Pizza Party at Boston Pizza is located at 5779 Turner Rd #2, Nanaimo. Contact number is 250-751-0090.

 


 

Great birthday party location ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

A Barnyard Party

Goats, and cows, and pony’s, oh my! Kids will never forget spending their birthday at a barnyard, and Tiger Lily Farm is a great place to do just that.

Tiger Lily Farm has two birthday party package options:

Package #1: The Basic Barnyard Party ($99.50)

  • Up to 10 children (additional children are $9.95)
  • 1 hour of endless pony rides for the children
  • 2 hours in the covered picnic party area
  • Access to all the regular barnyard animals and activities
  • Freedom to bring in your own cake and food
  • All adults attending the birthday party are FREE of charge

Package #2: The Complete Barnyard Party ($210)

  • Up to 10 children (additional children are $9.95)
  • ALL of the above mentioned in the Basic Barnyard Party, PLUS
    • 2 large, 2 topping pizzas
    • Lemonade
    • Custom farm-themed birthday cake with candles (your cake choices are pony, tractor, 3D barnyard, or lamb)
    • Themed party-ware (plates, cups and napkins) – your choice of themes are either pony or barnyard
    • Tablecloth and cutlery
    • Balloons and party hats
    • Each guest will also receive a souvenir Tiger Lily Farm cup

Please note: the picnic site can only be booked for either 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, or 2:00 pm, and all birthday parties must be booked in advanced. The barnyard is only open from mid-March until mid-November.

Tiger Lily Farm is located at 1692 Errington Road, Errington.

 


 

Great birthday party location ideas for the kids in the central Vancouver Island area

A Mini-Golf Party

Mini-Golf is always a great way to spend a few hours. Hosting a mini-golf birthday party is even better! Parksville has two great mini-golf attractions to choose from.

Paradise Fun Park

Paradise Fun Park offers three party packages.

Package #1: Silver Birthday Party ($11.00 per child, plus tax)

  • Birthday party in the Old Woman’s Shoe
  • Exclusive Paradise birthday cake
  • 18 holes of mini-golf for each child
  • Special gift for birthday child
  • Party favours for each child
  • Soft drink for each child
  • Birthday invitations
  • 2 free game tokens for birthday child
  • Free 18 holes of mini-golf for another day

Package #2: Gold Birthday Party ($14.50 per child, plus tax)

  • Birthday party in the Old Woman’s Shoe
  • Exclusive Paradise birthday cake
  • 18 holes of mini-golf for each child
  • Special gift for birthday child
  • Party favours for each child
  • Soft drink for each child
  • Birthday invitations
  • 4 free game tokens for birthday child
  • Bumper boat ride for each child
  • Free 18 holes of mini-golf for another day

Package #3: Platinum Birthday Party ($17.50 per child, plus tax)

  • Birthday party in the Old Woman’s Shoe
  • Exclusive Paradise birthday cake
  • 36 holes of mini-golf for each child
  • Special gift for birthday child
  • Party favours for each child
  • Soft drink for each child
  • Birthday invitations
  • 6 free game tokens for birthday child
  • Bumper boat ride for each child
  • Free 18 holes of mini-golf for another day

Special notes:

  • All packages prices are based on a minimum of 8 children attending the party.
  • In order to drive the bumper boats, your child must be at least 44 inches in height.
  • In order to be a bumper boat passenger, your child must be at least 40 inches in height and the driver must be a least 18 years old.

Paradise Fun Park is located at 375 Island Hwy W, Parksville.

 

Riptide Lagoon

Riptide Lagoon also has three party package options for you to choose from.

Option #1 ($9.95 plus tax per person)

  • 18 holes of mini-golf
  • 1 hot dog per person (additional hot dogs are $2.50 each)
  • 1 bag of chips per person
  • 1 juice box per person
  • A filled helium balloon for the birthday child
  • 18 hole mini-golf pass for future use for the birthday child

Option #2 ($12.85 plus tax per person)

  • 18 holes of mini-golf
  • 1 round of bumper cars
  • 1 hot dog per person (additional hot dogs are $2.50 each)
  • 1 bag of chips per person
  • 1 juice box per person
  • A filled helium balloon for the birthday child
  • 18 hole mini-golf pass for future use for the birthday child

Option #3 is a self-catering package, and based on a group rate of 10 or more people ($5.45 per child, $7.35 per adult)

  • 18 holes of mini-golf
  • Free use of BBQ
  • A filled helium balloon for the birthday child
  • 18 hold mini-golf pass for future use for the birthday child

Please note: the per person rate for options #1 and #2 are for ALL persons attending the party (adults AND children). Spectators get in free of charge, but food and/or beverages will not be available for them.

Riptide Lagoon is located at 1000 Resort Drive, Parksville.

 


For a full list please see Part 2 of this post, which includes recommendations from my readers.

To continue reading part 2 of this list CLICK HERE.

All prices mentioned in this article are posted as of March 2016 and may be subject to change at any time. Please assume taxes will be charged on top of any price mentioned, unless otherwise stated. It is always advised to contact the individual location for exact pricing before booking. Please note: the businesses mentioned in either Part 1 or 2 of this list have not paid an advertising fee to be included in this resource. They are mentioned only due to genuine recommendations from myself or others.

 

Do you have a favourite location for hosting a birthday party in the Central Vancouver Island area?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Are you looking for birthday party location ideas for your child's next birthday party? Do you live on Vancouver Island? Here is a great list of ideas for the central Vancouver Island area

 

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on Mar 07, 2016

Comments (16)

    • Kim

      Looks great, Laurie! I am so glad to see another option available. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sue

    Creative Escapes does awesome art parties also!

    We attended a swim party at the pool in Ladysmith and that was great – you book the whole pool!

    • Kim

      Thank you for the information Sue! I will look into adding both of these to the next list.

  • Elaine

    Thank you for laying it all out for us 🙂 I have always wondered the cost of these places as it always takes so much time and effort to create the “themed” parties my kids request, I often wonder if renting something would be worth the cost. With the request of a Star Wars party looming I have some food for thought 🙂

    • Kim

      Well, having done both I do feel that renting a location definitely has its benefits. There is no cleaning of the house prior too, nor cleaning of the house after. The details are taken care of (with the majority of the places), and you don’t have to think about how to entertain all the kids! As for a Star Wars themed party…we were at one hosted at Oliver Woods and it was fantastic! The highlight for the kids were the light sabers. The host made them out of piping insulation, wrapped in colored duct tape. And the best part is they had LOTS of room to use them in the gym. Best of luck in your party planning. 🙂

  • Donna

    This is awesome!! Many thanks!

    • Kim

      I am so glad you find this list useful! Thank you for leaving a comment.

  • Kari

    Shaku Martial Arts gym in Nanaimo does fun birthday parties.

    • Kim

      Thank you for letting me know! I will be adding it to part 2 of this post, and will let you know when the article is up and ready.

  • Angie

    Excellent! Well done.

    • Kim

      Thank you so much! Lots of other suggestions from FB readers, so stay tuned for a ‘second edition’!

  • Shelby

    Michael’s does a craft party! We’ve only attended so i don’t know all the details. Thanks for all the great ideas!

    • Kim

      Hi Shelby, for some reason your comment went to my spam folder, so I am just getting it now. I have Michael’s prepared for the next list. Thank you for the input!

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